Business

Cyber terror logs on to Toowoomba

Cyber crime and fraud can affected anyone and everyone who uses the internet.
Cyber crime and fraud can affected anyone and everyone who uses the internet. Nev Madsen

TOOWOOMBA residents are by no means immune to cyber crime and fraud, according to the man that is responsible with preventing it across the state.

Operations commander of the Queensland Police Fraud and Corporate Crime Group Detective Superintendent Brian Hay delivered the blunt assessment yesterday to a shocked business community.

Detective Superintendent Hay was the guest speaker at the monthly Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry business breakfast held at Picnic Point.

He told more than 100 business, industry and community leaders that the internet had become extremely toxic and was a breeding ground for criminals looking to make money.

 

Detective Superintendent Brian Hay.
Detective Superintendent Brian Hay. Contributed

"If you are connected to the internet then you have already been compromised," Det.Supt Hay said.

"There are no ifs or buts about it.

"Every single person who uses it (the internet) has been compromised; they just do not know it yet," he said.

Det.Supt Hay said criminal elements were using the internet to validate themselves to pry on unsuspecting people, businesses and companies.

"Australia is the most connected nation in the world," he said.

"More than 89 per cent of people are connected to the internet.

"What is concerning is we (police) are always one step behind the criminals because of how much the environment changes on a daily basis."

Det.Supt Hay said the cyber crime and fraud threat was very real and during his presentation showed those in attendance just how easy it was to gather personal information, especially from Facebook accounts.

"You cannot discriminate on who sees your personal information on the internet . . . everybody can, irrespective of the measures you think you have put in place," he said.

"Once it is on the internet, it is there for eternity.

"Cyber crime and fraud will only continue to grow and grow."

Have you fallen victim to cyber crime or fraud?

This poll ended on 22 March 2013.

Current Results

Yes

26%

No

74%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Det.Supt Hay said authorities were only beginning to understand how much of a threat cyber crime and fraud posed.

"Last year, only 14% of people in China were connected to the internet," he said.

"This year that figure has risen to 33%.

"The Chinese government sponsors a 40,000 strong hacking team to gather information because they realise information is powerful.

"The Chinese hacking team has compromised every top 400 company in America."

Det.Supt Hay said one of the biggest emerging threats was "ransomware".

"It is by far the biggest new threat we have seen," he said.

"It is when a business is hacked and all their data is encrypted.

"The criminal then holds you to ransom with the sequence key required to unlock the data."

CYBER CRIME FAST FACTS

  •  26 million new strains of malware identified in 2011
  •  Two million malicious sites detected every month
  •  49% of Google's top 100 sites have been corrupted with malware
  •  In 2012, more malware was written for smartphones than for computers
  •  Chinese government sponsors a 40,000 strong hacking team to gather information

CYBER FRAUD FAST FACTS

  •  Australia is the most connected country in the world with 89% of people having access to the internet.
  •  You can buy a fake credit card on the internet for as little as $0.80
  •  Every single person who uses the internet has been compromised but they just don't know it
  •  Ransomware is a disturbing new trend targeting businesses and companies

Topics:  attack cyber crime fraud terror toowoomba



Jan's morning tea just gets bigger and bigger

TRADITION CONTINUES: The 140-plus crowd gets together for the traditional group shot at Jan Grieve's Biggest Morning Tea at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

City's iconic get together draws the crowds and plenty of gifts

Your gig guide to a great night out in Ipswich

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Don't miss out on the offerings from the top spots in town.

The latest on the live music scene across the city

Local Partners

I was just screaming 'my baby is in the car'

Anne-Marie Priggins could have never predicted the gut-wrenching circumstances that would unfold.


Your gig guide to a great night out in Ipswich

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Don't miss out on the offerings from the top spots in town.

The latest on the live music scene across the city

Paddinton Bear is coming to Ipswich

IN TOWN: Annette Kitching plays the part of Paddington Bear in The Cute Little Bear From Peru at the Incinerator Theatre.

FAVOURITE children's character set to delight in new show

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Gladstone's MasterChef hero blown away by support

CRANE driver Pete Morgan has been bowled over by the support he has received since making his TV debut on MasterChef.

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Is this the talent you get when you limit electronics?

Cassidy Kilburn in the Get the Beat International Dance Competition.

Cassidy, 11, preparing for national dance championships

Your gig guide to a great night out in Ipswich

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Don't miss out on the offerings from the top spots in town.

The latest on the live music scene across the city

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

Dreamworld could become a “more attractive and entertaining park”.

Bush balladeer brings bruised blues to Brissie

BRIGHT FUTURE: Jordan Merrick has just released his EP, In Colour.

Singer-songwriter Jordan Merrick on his debut EP, In Colour

Ipswich lad 'Robbo' brings Studio 10 home to Nanna

REUNION: Studio 10 roving reporter David 'Robbo' Robinson broadcast the Channel 10 shows live from Ipswich with his grandmother Jan Wells.

And Eastern Heights fan plays host in the TV thrill of her life

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Approvals still needed, but key dates identified and work rolling on

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!